Nature’s Treasure and Northern Lights

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From $1,375 USD
October 11, 2017 - April 4, 2018
6 Days / 5 Nights

Nature's Treasure and Northern Lights features natural treasures along coastline of Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Viking horses, the Blue Lagoon and Aurora hunt.

Overview

Nature's Treasure & Northern Lights tour introduces you to the best-known natural treasures tucked along the rugged coastline of Snaefellsnes Peninsula, famous for its mystical glacier and ties to the ancient Sagas. Enjoy local traditions, taste fermented shark, meet Viking horses, and homemade skyr at a dairy farm. Walk among geological wonders of the Golden Circle, relax in the Blue Lagoon, and view the Northern Lights in the Icelandic countryside.

Operation

October 11, 2017 - April 4, 2018

Departure

English departures Wednesdays 2017 October 11, 18, 25 November 8, 15, 22, 29 December 6 Upon Request English departures Wednesdays 2018 January 24 Upon Request February 7, 14, 21, 28, All upon Request March 7, 14, 28, All upon Request

Price

  • October 1 - 31, 2017
  • from $1,450 per person in double room
  • from $1,810 single room
  • November 1, 2017 - April 4, 2018
  • from $1,375 per person in double room
  • from $1,735 single room

Included

  • 2 nights at Hotel in Reykjavik
  • 3 nights at countryside hotels
  • Breakfast buffet daily (except arrival day)
  • 3 x One-course dinners with coffee/tea (day 2, 3, 4)
  • Guided coach tour from day 2 to day 5
  • Northern lights video /DVD shown in the evening at your hotel
  • Northern Lights guided evening hunt on foot one selected evening
  • Northern Lights hunt kit on Day 2 or 3 (blanket, hot drink)
  • Northern Lights "wake up call" option during the night (available at countryside hotel)
  • Entrance fee to Museum Center in Akranes (day 2)
  • Boat tour with Viking-sushi tasting (day 3)
  • Visit to Fridheimar greenhouse and horse stable visit (day 4)
  • Visit to an Icelandic farm, taste of homemade ice cream (day 4)
  • Blue Lagoon bathing fee (day 5)

Not Included

  • International Airfare & airport taxes
  • Airport transfers
  • Breakfast on arrival day
  • Personal insurance / personal items
  • Swimsuit at the Blue Lagoon (rentals available)
  • Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted
  • Guaranteed early check-in (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland is 14:00 (2:00pm)
  • Guaranteed late check-out
  • Any service not specifically listed under "included"
  • Gratuities
  • $25 Service fee

Please note

  • All departures guaranteed with minimum of 2 participants
  • Maximum group size: 36 participants
  • Northern Lights are dependent on weather conditions. Sightings cannot be guaranteed.

Tour Options

  • Supplement for 3 course dinner during stay in the country-side (3 meals), USD 88, must be booked in advance
  • International flights
  • Additional nights in Reykjavik
  • Optional excursions

Day 1 ARRIVAL REYKJAVIK

Day free at leisure. Airport transfers and optional tours available upon request. Overnight in Reykjavik.

Highlights: Reykjavik

Optional: Airport transfer with Flybus Plus

Day 2 REYKJAVIK - REYKHOLT - BORGARNES (B, D)

Reykjavik Sightseeing - Lighthouse Views - Unique Waterfall Duo
Discover first-hand the colourful capital of Reykjavik with a sightseeing tour. Catch the city's energetic vibe through top visitor attractions like the visually stunning Harpa Concert Hall and Parliament on bustling Austurvollur Square, and enjoy panoramic views from the city's main landmark, Hallgrimskirkja church. Uncover a wonderful mix of old and new exploring the Scandinavian charms preserved in the colourful buildings of the old town centre and the modernity of the trendy harbour district.

Depart Reykjavik and travel northwest via an undersea tunnel through Hvalfjordur (Whale Bay). Head to the friendly town of Akranes to visit the local Museum Centre, which preserves a comprehensive collection of geological and maritime exhibits. Afterwards, climb to the top of a lighthouse to enjoy spectacular views of the wild coastline.

Head onwards to the bubbling waters of Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot spring, which provides heating for most of the homes and businesses in the area. Nourish your thirst for culture at Reykholt, which holds an important role as the home of renowned Icelandic Saga writer and medieval scholar Snorri Sturluson. The day ends with a scenic visit to a duo of exceptionally beautiful and unique waterfalls at Hraunfoss and Barnafoss. Each waterfall has a mysterious secret to reveal. Overnight in Borgarnes area.

Evening Northern Lights Hunt: Due to the location in West Iceland away from light pollution, your group is in a prime position to hunt for the luminescent green light show that Vikings believed were Valkyries riding across the sky.

Highlights: Reykjavik | Hallgrimskirkja | Parliament House | Harpa Concert Hall | Akranes | Deildartunguhver | Barnafoss | Hraunfossar | Borgarnes

Day 3 STYKKISHOLMUR - SNAEFELSSNESS PENINSULA - BORGARNES (B, D)

"Viking Sushi" Sailing - Snaefellsjokull National Park & Glacier
After breakfast, head to the delightful town of Stykkisholmur. Embark on an adventurous sail in Breidafjordur Bay (UNESCO nominee) to encounter thousands of tiny islands and experience "Viking Sushi", a sampling of sea scallops, urchin, and crab drawn onto the boat straight from the pristine Icelandic waters.

Along the rugged coastline of Snaefellsnes Peninsula encounter secluded fishing villages like Grundarfjordur, with its landmark Kirkjufell Mountain and surrounding fjord teeming with herring and orca whales, and Hellnar with a year-round population of less than ten residents. The picturesque harbour village of Arnarstapi offers the opportunity to walk among columnar basalt rock formations and cliffs, swarming with colonies of seabirds. Throughout the day, savour the remote tranquility of Snaefellsjokull National Park, which exhibits an astonishing variety of natural landscapes from moss blanketed lava fields and pebbled beaches to imposing cliffs and the palpable force of Snaefellsjokull glacier-volcano (last eruption: 250 AD). Dinner and overnight again in Borgarnes area.

Evening Northern Lights Hunt: If weather conditions the night before were unfavourable, there is another hunt for the elusive Aurora Borealis. Ideal meteorological conditions include a clear sky with icy temperatures and, preferably, no moon.Evening Northern Lights Hunt: If weather conditions the night before were unfavorable we hunt again for the elusive Aurora Borealis. Ideal meteorological conditions include a clear sky with icy temperatures and preferably no moon.

Highlights: Snaefellsjokull National Park | Eldborg Crater | Stykkisholmur | Breidafjordur | Grundarfjordur |Kirkjufell | Hellnar | Arnarstapi

Day 4 THINGVELLIR NATIONAL PARK - GULLFOSS - GEYSIR (B, D)

Golden Circle of Natural Wonders - Tasting at Dairy Farm - Hveragerdi Greenhouse Village
Iceland's Golden Circle showcases a trio of celebrated natural attractions, including the dramatic Gullfoss waterfall and the geothermal fields of Geysir Hot Spring Area, alive with boiling mud pits, steam vents, and exploding geysers.
Its centerpiece is Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), where Viking settlers established an annual assembly in AD 930 which has become the world's oldest ongoing parliament. Thingvellir is also a geological masterpiece, as it marks the visible site of the mid-Atlantic Ridge where the North American and Eurasian continental plates meet.

Following the road through the fertile countryside, stop to enjoy some local flavours at Efstidalur dairy farm, which specializes in homemade skyr, an organic Greek-style yogurt that has been enjoyed as a breakfast staple and dessert treat in Iceland since Viking times.

The journey continues to Hveragerdi, the charming gateway town to South Iceland set in a highly active geothermal area where pillars of steam rise up from the ground year round. Hveragerdi has the largest concentration of greenhouses in Iceland; residents provide the country with much of its home-grown produce, including exotic papayas and bananas. In the evenings, the lighted greenhouses give the town of Hveragerdi a distinctive glow. Dinner and overnight in Hveragerdi or similar.

Highlights: Gullfoss | Geysir | Thingvellir | Hveragerdi

Day 5 REYKJANES - BLUE LAGOON - REYKJAVIK (B)

Reykjanes Seacoast - Blue Lagoon - Reykjavik
Traveling along the breathtaking seacoast of Reykjanes Peninsula we visit Strandarkirkja, a small wooden church popularly believed to radiate special powers for increased luck and success. Although the church is typical of rural Iceland, it is built right into the coast with amazing views of the turbulent ocean meeting with volcanic rocks and black sands. Look for a quaint set of painted elf houses nestled in the churchyard grounds.

Drive to Lake Kleifarvatn, set in fascinating, stark, moon-like surroundings. Near the lake's southern end lies Krysuvik, where powerful jets of steam escape from deep below the earth's crust and sulphurous steam rises from numerous geothermal vents. You can see numerous small hot springs, mud pots, boiling pools and other types of geothermal activity. Continue under low mountains along the shoreline to stop by craggy cliffs rising sheer from the sea. Proceed to the town of Grindavik with its sizeable fishing fleet. After a lunch stop in Grindavik (lunch is on your own), head for the nearby Blue Lagoon.

End today's sightseeing with a visit to the world-renowned Blue Lagoon. Set in a black lava field, this geothermal spa is a lagoon filled with warm mineral-rich seawater that provides the ultimate interaction and relaxation with Iceland's raw nature.

Bathe in the lagoon and enjoy a sauna with lagoon views, a cozy steam-bath carved into a lava cave, and an energizing geothermal massage waterfall. Be on the lookout for white buckets located throughout the lagoon which contain the famous silica-mud. Rub some of this onto your skin to soften it, an essential part of the Blue Lagoon spa experience. Return to Reykjavik where the evening is at your own leisure. Dinner is on your own.

Highlights: Reykjanes | Kleifarvatn | Krysuvik | Grindavik | The Blue Lagoon | Lighthouses

Day 6 DEPARTURE REYKJAVIK (B)

After breakfast transfer to the international airport (not included).

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